Once again, Wichita is dealing with the possibility of losing one of its golf courses.
MacDonald Golf Course could have new ownership sometime soon.
According to City of Wichita’s director of Parks and Recreation Troy Houtman, the golf course wasn’t up for sale but well-known developer Johnny Stevens expressed interest in the course last week.
The golf advisory committee is set to meet at 4:30 p.m. today to discuss his offer. The committee is made up of people who use the city’s golf system.
“We’re meeting on Tuesday to discuss ideas and options of what this actually may turn out to be,” Houtman said.
KSN asked what the pros and cons are of possibly selling the golf course. Houtman wouldn’t go into detail but explained it’s something the stakeholders will have to discuss at the meeting.
“It’s so preliminary,” Houtman said. “This is just the very start of it. I think it’s a little bit shocking, it’s a little bit aggressive or whatnot, but first things first, we just need to talk about it.”
KSN’s John Asebes spoke to golfers last week, who expressed concerns about the golf course’s future.
According to officials, the city would want MacDonald to stay a golf course, if sold to Stevens.
However, there are “no deed restrictions on that property.”
Houtman added that Stevens has also shows an interest in keeping it a golf course.
During today’s meeting, the committee has to keep in mind that Wichita made a $1.5 million commitment to improve the First Tee youth golf program. Under the agreement, First Tee is set to build a driving range and instruction center at MacDonald.
Houtman said First Tee will be part of the discussion, as one of the program’s board members is on the gold advisory committee.
“We need to find out what their interests are how this is going to impact them that’s all part of he conversation,” said Houtman.
Stevens’s offer comes a month after Wichita’s park board voted to close south Wichita’s Clapp Golf Course.
The city isn’t looking at getting out of the golf business, according to officials.
“We’re looking for what’s best for the whole golf program,” said Houtman.
KSN will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as more information gets released.